You’ve no doubt heard about Governor Brown signing Senate Bill 608 which makes some pretty significant changes to landlord-tenant law. It is being called the first statewide rent control law in the country. And it is, but it isn’t the rent control that has landlords concerned as much as the restriction on no-cause eviction. Proponents…

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It wasn’t until later in life that I appreciated learning. For me, going through school was just a matter of meeting a requirement. As I matured I learned to appreciate learning new things. But it wasn’t until recently I was able to see learning as an investment. Sometimes seminars, classes and education can be awfully expensive. But as…

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Good investors are always measuring the performance of their investments. When it comes to investment properties, what is the measure of a good investment? Some real estate investors invest for cash flow while others invest anticipating the appreciation of the assets. The Average Annual Return takes three metrics into account: cash flow, appreciation, and amortization.…

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One of the factors to consider when choosing the term length for your lease and you sign your next tenant is the calendar. When you lease term ends is (obviously) the most likely time your tenant will move out. Therefore, it decreases vacancy (often, the most costly expense) to have your lease end during peak…

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Creative financing is key in successful real estate investing. One of the many reasons for investing in real estate is because it’s one of the only investments that you can leverage with other people’s money. You probably won’t be able to go down to the bank and get a 30 year loan to buy stocks,…

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I recently saw an advertisement on TV for a service called HomeLight, an online service for buyers and sellers to locate a real estate agent. It was something I hadn’t heard of before, so I thought I’d look into it more and share my findings with you. Home Light is a San Francisco based company…

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One of the most important aspects of protecting your investment is doing regular property inspections. You have to get in the property on a routine basis to make sure there is no property damage and to make sure the lease is being followed. How often you do your inspections is up to you a landlord.…

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Changing your HVAC’s air filter on a regular basis is an important factor for the protection of the equipment and energy efficiency. In fact, it’s so important, that it is required in all of our lease agreements for the tenant to change the air filter every 90 days. For a tenant’s convenience, we offer a…

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